The Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been battling with Secessionist groups, including the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), led by detained Nnamdi Kanu, as well as the Yoruba Nation secessionist group, led by Professor Banji Akintoye and Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has re-emphasized his support for a united Nigeria, saying the cost for Nigeria not to continue existing is much more than the cost to make Nigeria to continue to exist.
Speaking during the book launch and 85th birthday celebration of his Eminence, Sunday Mbang, former Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria and also the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) held in Lagos, Obasanjo stated that those who do not want to see Nigeria’s continued co-existence would fail.
The former president’s comments are coming amidst secession agitations, fueled by perceived marginalizations, injustice and worsening security situation across the country.
However, Obasanjo, who was the convener of the celebration in honour of Mbang, assured the respected Christian leader that the enemies of Nigeria would not win.
“We are here to honour somebody we should honour, and learn from him (Mbang), to show that we genuinely love and appreciate him for the service he has rendered to the Christian community in this country and world over. And to assure him that whatever happens, we will continue to work for unity, peace, security and progress of this country”, Obasanjo said.
“I know that these are things that are dear to his (Mbang) heart. We want to assure you that Nigeria will continue to exist because the cost for Nigeria not to continue to exist is much more than the cost for us to make Nigeria to continue to exist. There are many people – high and low – who can be described as enemies of Nigeria, but they will not win over those who are friends of Nigeria”, he added.
The celebrant (Mbang), recalled how he and the ex-President became friends adding that since then, they have become brothers, but of different mothers.
Obasanjo praised Mbang for his steadfastness, which had kept their relationship intact over the years. He described Sunday Mbang as a lover of Nigeria.